Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

NAPA VALLEY (CBS SF) – Celebrated author Gerald Asher’s newest book, A Vineyard In My Glass is delicious.

This wonderfully gifted writer has been described as erudite and the most literate, scholarly and civilized columnist by many, including Hugh Johnson, author of The World Atlas of Wine.

I turned immediately to the essay on Rutherford subtitled “The Heart of Napa Valley”. Asher starts out describing the area in general terms, then sits down to an extensive tasting of the 2007 vintage. No, he does not give any points. So if you’re looking for something that guarantees 94 points, forget it. This is the wrong place.

Asher is a novelist and non-fiction writer, a magician when it comes to the written word in describing food and wine. He identifies the characteristics of the wines that he really likes and never wastes time beating up something that he doesn’t particularly care for.

With the ones that he likes, Asher gives you enough detail so that you understand what it is about the wine that makes it so wonderful.

Click here to listen to all of Narsai’s podcasts.

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